Based on Xu Haofeng's novel A Monk Comes Down the Mountain, the film relates the story of a listless young Taoist cleric called He Anxia who is ejected from his impoverished monastery and ... See full summary »
politics aside, just a bad movie, (and please stop deleting my comments)
This film is not only bad, but insultingly so. Apparently there is some sort of online cover-up by the makers or some very patriotic fans of this film to stop any negative reviews from being written, so let's see how long this one lasts before they have it forcibly removed (again) for "abuse". This is not (unnamed communist regime), this is America, and we have the right to voice our opinions of awful films no matter what subject matter they cover.
Really, this big-budget world war 2 movie is nothing but white-washed (or should I say "red-washed") history in the form of communist propaganda. Sure, the Russians made lots of huge self-indulgent flicks like this about World War 2 (like we did), but at least they were competently made. This one feels like an expensive student film. The action scenes are ridiculously badly choreographed, directed, and animated. Computer animation involving the airplanes and bombs is 3rd rate, even worse than stuff you'll see on sci-fi channel. Everything aspect of the execution of the war scenes is amateurish and fake. The most hilarious moment has to be when a Japanese soldier steps on a land-mine and gets blown straight up at the camera, when it's obvious they just green-screened a guy kicking in place and in the editing just composited him in and scaled him up.
Some highlights of the battles include a guy getting the grenade pins pulled out of him after a fistfight, causing him to spontaneously combust, plus a guy getting shot slow-motion through a windshield. However, we've seen this all before... when it was called "Rambo III".
And what else do we see big-budget war movies for but the action, right? There's a few big battles, but not enough to make it worthwhile. It's bogged down by more than a few boring yak-yak scenes between various politicians and generals, but it's all shameless propaganda to make the Chinese communists look like this struggling sainted army and the Japanese look simultaneously like devils and completely incompetent. If we're to believe this film, the Japanese Imperial army was the most poorly led in the world, which makes the Chinese army's struggle a little less impressive, doesn't it?
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